Angel Beats!

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Death Parade

Death Parade

After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Queen Decim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. He challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their lives and reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who lives and who dies.

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zorlop zorlop says...

Both of these animes operate on a different plane of existence. Making us all think what really happens after we die. Both are great series' and have a terrific ending

Riruri Riruri says...

Both of these anime have the same life after death concept. Although Death Parade is a little bit darker than Angel Beats they are both pretty sad anime.

LemonInator LemonInator says...

Similar background, following the life after death and tackles the different problems when it comes to death and going to Heaven or to Hell. Both anime have a touching ending and are filled with loveable characters that you will easily get attached to.

TallyCrow TallyCrow says...

Death is the main subject with both of these Anime. 

Although Death Parade does it in a darker twisted away while Angel beats does it in a more comedic way.

Both of them bring out emotions you never thought you had with dramatic, intense storylines and memories from the characters. 

I loved seeing both versions of the afterlife from the Anime and I really loved both equally. 

NikorasuX NikorasuX says...

Both stories follow the concept of the transition between death and the afterlife. Although Death Parade is a darker anime, both animes present characters with very touching backstories that are developed throughout the series.

pikachu203 pikachu203 says...

While I will admit Death Parade tends to be more graphic and open with it's dark themes, both Angel Beats and Death Parade focus on the afterlife, or - more specifically - what people experience before reincarnation.  They both are highly emotional, and have fascinating insights on life after death, understanding one's existence and it's meaning, the judgement of souls after death, coming to terms with one's passing, and the hope and despair that comes with it.  Both shows are well-crafted, and have creative imagery and beautiful animation.  Overall, Death Parade is far darker than Angel Beats, but if you enjoyed one, you would likely enjoy the other.

Air

Air

The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...

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Galadriel Galadriel says...

both Air and Angel Beats are the works of Kei, both share the same feeling, similar character personalities, both were produced by the same studio. If you liked one of these two shows be sure to check the other one as well, but keep some tissues near you while you watch this shows, because without a doubt they will be pretty sad, melancholic.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The characters in Air and Angel Beats have similar characteristics.  The tones of the characters personalities to one another has the same feeling (probably because they were created by the same person).  The melancholic dramas will leave the viewer in suspense until the final scene.

FF3710Freak FF3710Freak says...

Although at first these animes seem to have nothing in common, once you've finished them both you notice all the similarities, between characters getting second chances to fulfill their lives.

And for both you'll need a box of tissues on hand for the later on episodes.

Bvision Bvision says...

This masterpiece (Angel Beats!) has all right to join the Key animation bundle being Clannad, Air & Kanon (2006). And the tear jerking magic they produce. On top of all that they added something extra this time, some comedy and action.

DarkMiko DarkMiko says...

if you liked Angel beats you will most likey enjoy Air (TV) they have simular art styles and the story feels like it could be realted to this one. I found Angel Beats AFTER seeing Air and I enjoyed both of them alot

Little Busters!

Little Busters!

When Riki was young, a group of friends called the Little Busters helped him move on from a terrible loss and taught him how to smile again; but when their leader Kyousuke moved away, the group slowly drifted apart. Now in high school, the group is reunited once more when Kyousuke returns, and at his leader's request, Riki is charged with finding new members to add to their family. With an open heart, the boy must now search for others who’ve suffered similar hardships so that they too can find a place where they belong.

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Sev229 Sev229 says...

Angel Beats! was created by Jun Maeda, one of the people who worked on Little Busters! and other visual novels by KEY (Clannad, AIR, Kanon). Angel Beats! explores the meaning of life while Little Busters! focuses more on the strength of friendship While Angel Beats! serves to be much shorter than the other series listed, it still captures the importance in one's life and explores in-depth character development present in all of KEY's works, notably Little Busters! where it remains a hidden theme within the story. Both series eventually explore the meaning of life and death and what it means to sacrifice for those you care about. 

snivets snivets says...

The characters and character design in Little Busters immediately reminded me of Angel Beats, as well as similar themes of memory loss, building friendships, learning to deal with traumatic pasts, and contrasts between past and present realities. This recommendation is more of a gut feeling than anything else, but fans of either show should give the other a try.

Himitsu23 Himitsu23 says...

Little Busters! is one of the best Visual Novels ever produced by KEY and I dare to say it's even better than Clannad. Unfortunately, the anime series doesn't do the original story enough justice, since the anime is just advertise for the VN. Nonetheless, it's still a fun anime about true friendship, unbreakable bonds and even first love (but I think that will be covered in an eventual second season). Overall, Little Busters! is a must-see anime for all KEY fans.

shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

ok, someone quite recently asked me to name an anime just like angel beats, first thing I think of is little busters puting the fact that they are both by key aside. they are both very sweet and cute with a underlinning depressing romance story line. As well as both taking place in a "school" situation, these both have similar characters and themes. So as far as anime's go these two animes are very similar and I cant recommend these more!! and why there isnt that many people making this connection I dont know?

Shaward Shaward says...

Even if the basic plot is quite different, there are few themes in common and a dramatic-romance underline

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Sorata Kanda has a real problem - he just can't say no to the cute face of a kitten! However, his lovely strays have finally landed him in trouble, as his dorm doesn't allow keeping pets. Given an ultimatum to get rid of the cats or move out, Sorata makes the mistake of standing up for himself and finds himself exiled to Sakurasou, the home of misfits the school doesn't know what to do with. Yet the more he spends time there, Sorata sees they all have their own incredible talents. None, however, enthralls him more than the latest arrival: Mashiro Shiina, a world class artist who is seemingly incapable of feeding or clothing herself! Since none of the other residents have a shred of responsibility, the onus of 'Mashiro Duty' falls to Sorata; what will become of Sorata and his latest stray, and will he ever achieve his goal of escaping Sakurasou?

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xenovalium xenovalium says...

Both have a fantastic kuudere character. The story is basically about the story of the characters life.. Some thing may not possible to happen but both still worth to watch.. People who do love a genre of "slice of life" is a must to watch this anime

TheFung TheFung says...

Both anime series consist of romance and a mix of comedy.  The main character in both series are portaryed as the "normal" character that finds other''s actions to be odd.

Winterborn Winterborn says...

These are two incredibly beautiful stories that have you emotionally moved throughout the entire show. Though Angel Beats has less Romance than Sakurasou, they are both very strong Dramas that never mention filler (ever, seriously) and fill in all the blanks with well done comedy and adventure. They start a little light hearted with some comedy and happy backstory but get into the thicker story fairly quickly. Both of them also take place in their own little worlds (be it figurative or not) so you get very comfortable with the setting. Angel Beats is my number one favorite anime of all time, and Sakurasou is right there with it. Both of them are absolute must watches for any Drama or Romance fan.

Fargo Fargo says...

Both of these animes feature very likable casts amidst a sea of quirky comedy and impactful melodrama that will tug at the heartstrings. Each cast of characters struggles to come to terms with who they are and treats each other like family, with Angel Beats centering around death and Sakurasou around jealousy and perseverence. If one of these animes endeared you, the other will as well.

Theloneyanimist Theloneyanimist says...

OKAY YES both of these anime are real they have emotion flying out at you, you get to know the characters in a short amount of time at least in angel beats, Sakursou has more plot development. although both are comedy and sad anime Sakurasou made me cry at the end while it was more focused around the comedy yet they both had the real life situations of failure and sadness. like others have been saying main character is normal and both have a beautiful amazing kuudere. Both will capture your heart if you are a crier. if you are a crier, you'll die at these. at least i did. Anyway i LOVE them and i hope you enjoy

Kanon (2006)

Kanon (2006)

It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left Yuuichi in the care of Akiko once again, and this time, he will attend the same school as his cousin Nayuki. Many different girls appear before him, and some of them seem to know him from his past. Yuuichi must now recover his memories of the dark secrets that he erased from his heart, before he loses his precious ones.

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zelos zelos says...

Kanon and AB are the only series where i cry, i never saw something so emotional in years, you cry you laugh you feel love for the characters 

CrimsonSunShine CrimsonSunShine says...

Angel Beats! and Kanon (2006) are very similar, in that they both deal with tragedies in one's life, which often results in tear jerking scenes. They have many differences, but the characters in each are very complex and lovable and the way the plot progresses is handled in the same manner. They also both have a rather nice animation style, if you ask me! I recommend any fan of one, to watch the other!

nerdbird nerdbird says...

Angel Beats! and Kanon (2006) are really quite similar in ways many more than one. Both shows deal with the protagonist, a boy in highschool, who lose their memory. And you just follow them as they remember and learn so much and how the people that they knoe fit into the story. They are both excellent shows.

Bvision Bvision says...

This masterpiece (Angel Beats!) has all right to join the Key animation bundle being Clannad, Air & Kanon (2006). And the tear jerking magic they produce. On top of all that they added something extra this time, some comedy and action.